Overtraining or Under-Recovering?

As a Physical therapist I hear very similar stories from friends, family, patients, and especially from people I randomly meet. It goes something like this, “I have this knee pain when I run or workout. I rested it for (insert random #) of weeks/days, and did some exercises I found on WebMD or YouTube. It’s still hurting and getting worse what do I do?” This person is not overtraining. He or she is under-recovering. Let me show you what I mean.

Most people when they talk about overtraining ask, “Am I working out too much, too long, or too hard?” The easy answer is no… but it’s obviously much more complex than that. I want to show you a different way to look at this issue. Overtraining happens when work capacity exceeds your body’s ability to adapt to the training stimulus. The human body, in its ideal state and under the right conditions, is able to take an amazing amount of training, volume, and intensity. We aren’t all...

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Soccer Series: Functional Strength Training

AUTHOR: Laura A. Sapper, ATC, SCAT

Dear Soccer players!

Club soccer season is upon us. We hope that you have utilized some of the tools we gave you last month with our Dynamic Stretching and Warm-up techniques. These are essential for reducing risk of injury and optimal performance. If you missed it, check it out here. We are back this month to talk to you about another way to seriously reduce the risk of injury. Here at Made 2 Move, we love rehab and getting athletes back and better than ever after an injury, but keeping athletes on the field injury-free while becoming stronger, faster and more agile is our ultimate goal!.

Today, we want to dig into our second tool – Functional Strength Training!

These simple exercises are going to help make you stronger and more resilient against injuries by strengthening the muscles that protect your joints and increase your power on the field. We recommend adding these to your routine 3-4 times per week. These sport specific functional...

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Dry Needling for Pain Management

Dry Needling

Written By: Dr. Nate Jones, PT

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is the use of thin needles to treat musculoskeletal pain and weakness. The needles do not inject anything (thus the term “dry”), and they are typically inserted into the painful areas within the muscles. Think about how if you grab your upper traps there tend to be tight and tender spots; these would be examples of areas dry needles would be inserted into. Once the needle is in the muscle there are two common techniques that can be used to relieve the painful area (there are other techniques, but they are less common). The first is called pistoning - the needle is moved in and out of the area repeatedly until the muscle twitches. The second is the use of electric stimulation with needles, which surprisingly, tends to be more comfortable for most people - leads are hooked up to one or more needles and electricity is run through them into the muscles, which results in repeated muscle...

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